R Ashwin will break my record, may go past 600 wickets: Harbhajan Singh

first_img Rahul Rawat New DelhiOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 8, 2019 16:23 IST Playing in his 66th Test match, R Ashwin reached to 350 Test wickets. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWith 350 Test wickets to his name, R Ashwin became fastest Indian to achieve the featequalled Muralitharan’s world record of being the fastest to pick 350 Test wicketsHarbhajan Singh said R Ashwin could easily get past 500 wicketsRavichandran Ashwin has been a victim of perception. His pedigree has often been considered to be restricted to home conditions where he has caused maximum casualties.But that’s a perception, and to clear the air, legendary spinner Harbhajan Singh, India’s third highest wicket-taker in Tests, walks in. “People talk a lot about his (Ashwin) ability to bowl better in home conditions, but we also have to realise that there are other spinners as well who were bowling on the same pitches at the same time. He was better than all of them,” Harbhajan told India Today.Against South Africa in Visakhapatnam, Ashwin completed 350 wickets in his 66th Test and is now the fastest Indian bowler to achieve that feat, which was previously held by Anil Kumble (77 Tests).Two of the three highest wicket-takers for India in Test cricket happen to be spinners. Anil Kumble, with 619 wickets, and Harbhajan Singh (417) are leading the pack, which also has Kapil Dev at the 2nd spot with 434 Test scalps.Harbhajan insists that the rate at which R Ashwin is going, he could well go past both his senior spin pros, although Kumble’s record is still a massive challenge.”I am not sure about 600 wickets, but 417 is very close. The way he is going, he can definitely achieve that 400-wicket mark and can get to 500 wickets. 600 Test wickets is very far but if he has to achieve that, he has to keep himself very fit and prolong his career. I think if he is fit, he can achieve anything,” said Bhajji, who has over 700 international wickets under his belt.advertisement242 of Ashwin’s 350 Test wickets have come in 39 matches played at home, while rest of the 108 wickets were in 27 away Tests. That figure rises to 285 wickets if one takes into account the 46 Tests he has played in Asia, which leaves just 65 Test wickets from 20 games outside the sub-continent.Harbhajan has himself, in the past, claimed that Ashwin has got most of his wickets on more spin-friendly wickets than what were provided to him and Kumble. For many others, the ability to play spin has gone down.However, Turbanator, says it’s unfair on Ashwin, who has done everything in his might to make things work for himself, even when there were other spinners who bowled on those very same ‘spin-friendly’ tracks.”Ashwin has been brilliant with the ball. When we talk about home conditions, he has been very good and one cannot discredit him for that. Why is he taking more wickets than other spinners at home?”Reason – he has been more consistent, he has lot of variations and right sort of brain and has set a right example of how to bowl on turning pitches. It may sound easy but actually, it is difficult to bowl on turning pitches. One should know how and where to bowl, and that is what he has been doing better than others,” Harbhajan noted.Also Read | Hardik Pandya slammed on social media for his cheeky birthday wish for Zaheer KhanAlso Read | Very sad that Pakistani pacers don’t seek advice from us on fast bowling: Shoaib AkhtarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat R Ashwin will break my record, may go past 600 wickets: Harbhajan SinghR Ashwin completed 350 wickets in his 66th Test, that was during the opening Test against South Africa, and is now the fastest Indian bowler to achieve that feat, which was previously held by Anil Kumble (77 Tests)advertisement Nextlast_img read more